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Karl Rove The external links in this article or section may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies. is like the student who burns down the fraternity house, the gymnasium and the administration building, then wants to quit college.
-- Stan Gordon
First pets around the nation began dying from tainted pet food, with ingredients made in China. Then there was the contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object. toothpaste, again from China. Now we have millions of Chinese-made toys being recalled because of lead-based paint.
Can somebody please tell me why we're still mad at Cuba?
-- Mark Shipley
Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown.
Re "Proposal for under-mountain Metrolink station raises questions" (Aug. 13):
In a time where we need to make mass transit mass transit, public transportation systems designed to move large numbers of passengers. Types and Advantages
Mass transit refers to municipal or regional public shared transportation, such as buses, streetcars, and ferries, open to all on a as accessible as possible, this station for the Las Lomas Las Lomas may refer to:
Honestly, who would even be able to breathe in Verb 1. breathe in - draw in (air); "Inhale deeply"; "inhale the fresh mountain air"; "The patient has trouble inspiring"; "The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"
inhale, inspire this station? Are they not aware that Metrolink trains spew diesel exhaust, a known carcinogen carcinogen: see cancer.
Agent that can cause cancer. Exposure to one or more carcinogens, including certain chemicals, radiation, and certain viruses, can initiate cancer under conditions not completely understood. that would choke potential users?
Don't forget this is an old tunnel (1875) that runs through an area sensitive to earthquakes. I can't even imagine how loud the station would be, with all those trains tooting For the crater on Mars, see .
Coordinates: Tooting is a suburb in the London Borough of Wandsworth in south London. It is 5 miles (8.1 km) south south-west of Charing Cross. their horns through those cavernous tunnels without modern exhaust and safety systems. Instead of enticing new transit ridership, it will be a major turnoff just because of the bad passenger experience this would cause.
-- Bart Reed
The Transit Coalition
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San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area.
A sport? Bull
Re "Ring masters" (Aug. 12):
Why so much attention to such a horrible practice? Bullfighting bullfighting, national sport and spectacle of Spain. Called the corrida de toros in Spanish, the bullfight takes place in a large outdoor arena known as the plaza de toros. is not even an American sport, yet we are subjected to the horrible pictures of a poor, pathetic creature being sacrificed for the sheer entertainment of sadistic sa·dism
1. The deriving of sexual gratification or the tendency to derive sexual gratification from inflicting pain or emotional abuse on others.
2. The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from cruelty. people. No matter what your culture deems as entertainment, remember not everybody gets such sport from such inhumane in·hu·mane
Lacking pity or compassion.
inhu·manely adv. behavior as a bullfight.
Should we look forward to stories and pictures of cockfighting cockfighting, sport of pitting gamecocks against one other. Though popular in ancient Greece, Persia, and Rome, cockfighting has been long opposed by clergy and humane groups. and pit- bull fighting pictures coming soon because some people view these activities as sport?
-- Mary Lou Thomason
Re "Ring masters" (Aug. 12):
I was saddened and appalled to read the story about bullfighting. I would think in the 21st century that mankind would realize how cruel this is. Yes, there is culture involved, but wouldn't it be more beneficial to do something positive with the bull instead of slaughtering it for its tail and ears? (Maybe the bull can do the same to the bullfighter?)
No animal should be mistreated like this for a person's amusement. Remember, these are God's creatures, and they should be treated with respect.
-- Nancy Hole
Not for us to decide
Re "Ring masters" (Aug. 12):
Wow! I dropped Sunday's paper in the driveway never expecting to see an outlawed sport disgracing the front page. Why place an illegitimate kind of long-ago, Roman gladiating for all to see? Since bullfighting isn't legal in the U.S., the question of its legitimacy is up to Mexico and Spain, not the Daily News.
By the way, these killings draw only about 20 percent of the audiences they attracted 50 years ago when I attended my first bullfight in Madrid. Perhaps the idea of killing has gone more to the streets than the bullring.
-- Paul Vaughn
Re "City Pandering Department" (Our Opinion, Aug. 12):
Unless I am mistaken, I thought the Daily News enthusiastically endorsed the idea of grass-roots democracy and its recent incarnation, local community input, as an important consideration in deciding what is best for a community.
So how come your editorial ridicules the City Council for listening to the voice of an "organized local community" which seeks to derail de·rail
intr. & tr.v. de·railed, de·rail·ing, de·rails
1. To run or cause to run off the rails.
2. the conversion of a shuttered Kmart into a Home Depot? Isn't that the sort of grass-roots democracy you have favored in the past? Have you switched sides?
-- Alan Pollack, M.D.
Re "All fall down" (Viewpoint, Aug 12):
We already pay billions of dollars in fuel and gasoline sales taxes, which are intended for transportation infrastructure! The real trouble is that the Sacramento politicians divert these taxes to the general fund. The self-serving Sacramento politicians misuse these tax revenues to pay for their pet, vote-buying projects and illegal aliens, not for the infrastructure!
-- Mort Arditti
Ever really wanted something, and just wished it were so? That's how our state Legislature is proposing to solve our health care crisis in California. Even though health insurance is too expensive for many small businesses and their employees to purchase, the Legislature's solution is to tell employers to do it anyway. Instead of trying to make insurance more affordable by reducing costs, Assembly Bill 8 (Nunez/Perata) simply requires all businesses that can't afford to purchase health insurance today to start doing so or pay the state a 7.5 percent health care tax.
Worse, the bill gives an unelected board of bureaucrats the right to raise this tax whenever necessary. AB 8 does not solve our health care problem, does not share responsibility and is neither legal nor responsible public policy.
-- Theodore Bradpiece
Re "Home Depot dealt defeat" (Aug. 16):
If the residents of Sunland-Tujunga are so concerned over the amount of extra traffic that a proposed Home Depot would attract, why have they kept silent the last few years as dozens of homes have been torn down and replaced by hundreds of condominiums?
Do condo owners not drive?
-- Steve Thompson